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Sean Smith

Posted: 2/9/2013 1:30 PM

Sean Smith 


Sean Smith

Bill Polian - There are times when I watch Smith and think he can be an elite cornerback; there are other times when I watch him and think he shouldn't even be on the field. For proof, no cornerback gave up more combined first downs and touchdowns than Smith's 46.

Smith started the season playing well but finished poorly, reminding us how badly he played in 2011 where he had the second-lowest coverage grade of all cornerbacks. Smith is as talented as he is inconsistent, and for that reason teams should be hesitant to part with the big bucks for him.

 

Chris Early - Smith is the epitome of inconsistency. In some games, he looks like an elite corner capable of locking down anyone. In other games, he looks like a rookie. I think part of the problem is Smith is limited in coverage styles. He can be a devastating corner in press-man coverage. His size, strength, and speed can give him an advantage over receivers. In off-coverage (off-man and zone), his size works against him. Savvy receivers can exploit that. Therein lies the problem with Smith. His is a one-trick pony so to speak, even if he is very good at that one trick. Smith also has confidence issues. He looked lost in 2011, but displayed better maturity in 2012 and his play consequently improved. Smith has struggled with some confidence issues this season, though part of his struggles may be more scheme-related.

In any case, Smith has not displayed enough growth this season to warrant a big contract. He would likely get a big contract in free agency because cornerback is a premium position. While teams may not overpay with injury-prone players like with the Jake Long situation, team always seem to overpay for potential. Some team out there will believe they can turn Smith into a shutdown corner after all this time. Miami knows this. Sean Smith knows this. Miami has the leverage though and will franchise Smith to prevent him from leaving. While some players might balk at the tag and hold out, I doubt Smith would. The tag number for corners will be around $10M. That is not a bad price for a solid corner on what amounts to a one year tryout. If Smith continues to develop, Miami will be happy to sign him to a long term deal that will earn him top corner money. If Smith continues being inconsistent, Miami will let him walk in 2014 and move on.

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It would be a shame if we did have to use the Franshise tag on Smith, giving Sean 10 million even for one season is outrageous. I knew he suck at times but to give up the league worst combined 1st downs and touchdowns is just sickening. In the beginning of the year he seemed to be playing really well.

Isn't there a cornerback worth signing to a long term deal thats better than Smith. I know we allready needed one but Smith doesn't seem like he is the answer. Now we need 2.

Cornerback postion is just as bad or worse than the receiver position - Can't believe Omar Kelly use to sing this guy's praises, all you would hear and read is how well this guy is playing. 2nd lowest coverage grade 2011, 1st in giving up combined 1st downs and TD's in 2012. WTF it's worse than I thought.

We have to find a solid starting cornerback in FA and I'm sure were going to have to pay him. Were allready looking to upgrade our nickle and dime package guys, Marshall is on his way out, you can't pay a guy If he is on IR 80% of the time and even when he was playing he's not exactly starting corner material.

I thought we could at least use 2 or 3 draft picks to give the offense some firepower, now we will be lucky to get 1. 1WR 1CB 1OT thats what I see our first picks being used on now.

Ireland worst nightmare is OT Fisher is there, CB Banks runs slow forty, WR Allen knee is not 100% and scout's tell him Patterson really is a 2nd or 3rd round pick....


 

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Posted: 2/9/2013 2:29 PM

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I wouldn't bring Smith back unless its for 4 to 5 million. He is good against bigger receivers but he should never be on smaller receivers. Smith should slide to safety on 3rd downs as the article states he can't recover or close when he is forced to play off smaller receivers. I would say he should just be allowed to walk but he is good against bigger receivers. I doubt he comes back though. Teams who face a lot of bigger receivers in their division will probably be willing to pay him more than us. I could see him on the Packers matched against Marshall and Calvin Johnson 4 times a season instead of being a liability for us when we face the Pats.
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Posted: 2/9/2013 3:06 PM

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Marshall is expected to be a $5.8 million cap hit next season, the third highest number currently on the roster (linebacker Karlos Dansby, $8.6 million, defensive tackle Paul Soliai, $7.9 million). Marshall will be entering his eighth season in the league, with 489 tackles, 7 sacks, and 18 interceptions. He came to the Dolphins this offseason, and unseated former starter Vontae Davis, before being suffering a back injury early in the season, and never getting back on the field. For the Dolphins, Marshall played just four games, with one interception, and 17 tackles. He was officially placed on injured reserve on November 6.

There's no way we keep Marshall either at that price, he either redoes the contract or he's gone, he may be a goner anyway. What a sad state we are in with the cornerbacks, I hope it looks brighter after FA and the draft or we will be in big trouble.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:16 PM

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Smith has been average at best. There are so many better options this year in free agency
Derek cox
Rodgers - cromartie
Grimes
McClendon
Talib
I'll take any of these instead of him .
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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:57 PM

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Bigjoe13 wrote: Smith has been average at best. There are so many better options this year in free agency
Derek cox
Rodgers - cromartie
Grimes
McClendon
Talib
I'll take any of these instead of him .
And the best part is you can probably get them cheaper that what you would spend to tag Sean. While there may be a better option, I would probably go after Talib.
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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:36 AM

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dougb123 wrote: Marshall is expected to be a $5.8 million cap hit next season, the third highest number currently on the roster (linebacker Karlos Dansby, $8.6 million, defensive tackle Paul Soliai, $7.9 million). Marshall will be entering his eighth season in the league, with 489 tackles, 7 sacks, and 18 interceptions. He came to the Dolphins this offseason, and unseated former starter Vontae Davis, before being suffering a back injury early in the season, and never getting back on the field. For the Dolphins, Marshall played just four games, with one interception, and 17 tackles. He was officially placed on injured reserve on November 6.

There's no way we keep Marshall either at that price, he either redoes the contract or he's gone, he may be a goner anyway. What a sad state we are in with the cornerbacks, I hope it looks brighter after FA and the draft or we will be in big trouble.
Im sure we are going to address our secondary in Free Agency and the Draft..

I am not a big sean smith fan, DEFINITLY not for 8 to 10 million a year based off of what he has shown thus far in his career. He is still young, Talented but he has not earned the right to be paid that highly.. How many career interceptions does he have 2?  

I watch him, He excels against bigger WR's and is in the right position many times but mistimes, Drops, or makes bad decisions when the ball gets close. I wouldn't like to see sean smith go but for that money he isn't doing himself any favors and i agree i would pick Derek Cox over him and he may be a cheaper option.. I think honestly Sean Smith is going to get a rude awakening when he tests free agency if he nears anywhere near 10 million a year i will laugh my ass off at that team.
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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:05 AM

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Gonzorot wrote:
dougb123 wrote: Marshall is expected to be a $5.8 million cap hit next season, the third highest number currently on the roster (linebacker Karlos Dansby, $8.6 million, defensive tackle Paul Soliai, $7.9 million). Marshall will be entering his eighth season in the league, with 489 tackles, 7 sacks, and 18 interceptions. He came to the Dolphins this offseason, and unseated former starter Vontae Davis, before being suffering a back injury early in the season, and never getting back on the field. For the Dolphins, Marshall played just four games, with one interception, and 17 tackles. He was officially placed on injured reserve on November 6.

There's no way we keep Marshall either at that price, he either redoes the contract or he's gone, he may be a goner anyway. What a sad state we are in with the cornerbacks, I hope it looks brighter after FA and the draft or we will be in big trouble.
Im sure we are going to address our secondary in Free Agency and the Draft..

I am not a big sean smith fan, DEFINITLY not for 8 to 10 million a year based off of what he has shown thus far in his career. He is still young, Talented but he has not earned the right to be paid that highly.. How many career interceptions does he have 2?  

I watch him, He excels against bigger WR's and is in the right position many times but mistimes, Drops, or makes bad decisions when the ball gets close. I wouldn't like to see sean smith go but for that money he isn't doing himself any favors and i agree i would pick Derek Cox over him and he may be a cheaper option.. I think honestly Sean Smith is going to get a rude awakening when he tests free agency if he nears anywhere near 10 million a year i will laugh my ass off at that team.
This sums up my opinion pretty well.  This league is all about getting big tall WRs and Sean Smith is a great counter to that.  He is terrible against small quick WRs, which means he isn't worth more than 6-7MM in my mind.
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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:19 AM

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I don't think he's in for a rude awakening, gonz. Somebody is going to overpay and overpay big time. He's too big, athletic, and talented and one GM is bound to fall in love with him. But I don't think that GM will be ours - I think he'll get 8 mil, but get it from somewhere else.
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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:53 PM

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Ben Volin brings up some very good points in his article, Miami Dolphins may not have a better option at least for now.

blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedai...ion-per-season/

That rude awakening when it comes to Smith and Long may be ours, I just hope there are some more quality players released as teams get under the cap and we can find a quality CB and left tackle we feel comfortable paying.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 4:21 PM

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Wow, after reading that article Smith coming back for 7+ mil is a distinct possibility as the alternatives aren't great.
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